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Inter-Region VPC Peering 的範圍大幅增加

AWS 的 Inter-Region VPC Peering 又多了不少區域了:「Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in Nine Additional AWS Regions」。

本來是支援 us-{east,west}-{1,2} 這四個,現在又多了 9 個,來到了 13 個:

Starting today, Inter-Region Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Peering is available in AWS EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central) and South America (São Paulo) Regions in addition to AWS US East (Northern Virgina), US East (Ohio), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon) Regions.

與現在的 region 表格比較,剩下的是 ap-northeast-2 (南韓首爾) 與 eu-central-1 (德國法蘭克福),其他公開使用的區域都在這波的公告全上了。(也就是美國政府專屬區域與中國區不算在內)

義大利政府的反貪組織用 Tor 的 Onion (Hidden Service) 接受檢舉

在「Italian Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) Adopts Onion Services」這邊看到,義大利政府因為法令要求必須保護告密者,而不只是在需要提供身份的階段才保護:

Many national laws (such as Italian Dlgs. 231/2001) require companies to adopt corporate governance structures and risk prevention systems, which can include allowing whistleblowing submissions. However, most whistleblowing laws only protect whistleblowers when their identity is disclosed, which can put the person reporting corruption at risk.

In 2016, the International Standards Organization (ISO) released a new model for organizations setting up and operating anti-bribery management systems, ISO 37001:2016. To meet ISO standards, organizations or companies implementing anti-corruption procedures must allow anonymous reporting, as explicitly indicated in point 8.9 of section C of ISO 37001:2016.

Furthermore, national laws (such as recent Italian 179/2017) require the adoption of IT systems for whistleblowing, leading to the practical integration and use of Tor for its technological anonymity features.

而義大利政府的系統選擇用 Tor 的 Onion (Hidden Service) 提供服務接受檢舉:

To comply with these standards, the Italian Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC), an administrative watchdog, just launched their national online whistleblowing platform using onion services, giving whistleblowers who come forward a secure way to report illegal activity while protecting their identities.

這使用了 hidden service 的特性,讓伺服器端完全無法得知 client 的位置,對於使用有足夠保護的 browser 來說 (像是 Tor Browser),這可以完全讓 server 端無法得知身份,即使政府的伺服器都入侵也沒辦法知道告密者是誰。

這點頗先進的...

SSL Certificate 的認證方式限縮

在「Ballot 218 - Remove validation methods 1 and 5 - CAB Forum」看到「Ballot 218: Remove validation methods #1 and #5」這則議案以 78% 的同意票通過,限縮 SSL Certificate 的認證方式。眼睛瞄到中華電信投下反對票:

14 Yes votes: CFCA, Cisco, Comodo CA, D-TRUST, DigiCert, GDCA, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Izenpe, Let’s Encrypt, Logius PKIoverheid, SSL.com, TrustCor, Trustwave

4 No votes: Buypass, Chunghwa Telecom, Entrust Datacard, SwissSign

4 Abstain: Actalis, Disig, HARICA, OATI

78% of voting CAs voted in favor

找了一下在 BR (Baseline Requirements) 的 3.2.2.4.1 與 3.2.2.4.5,其中前者是透過註冊商認證:

3.2.2.4.1 Validating the Applicant as a Domain Contact

Confirming the Applicant's control over the FQDN by validating the Applicant is the Domain Contact directly with the Domain Name Registrar.

後者是透過文件認證:

3.2.2.4.5 Domain Authorization Document

Confirming the Applicant's control over the FQDN by relying upon the attestation to the authority of the Applicant to request a Certificate contained in a Domain Authorization Document.

在想投下反對的原因,會不會是因為中華自己的 domain 應該都是透過後者方式發的?透過內部公文系統...

DynamoDB 可以透過 KMS 加密了...

AWSDynamoDB 可以透過 KMS 加密了:「New – Encryption at Rest for DynamoDB」。

You simply enable encryption when you create a new table and DynamoDB takes care of the rest. Your data (tables, local secondary indexes, and global secondary indexes) will be encrypted using AES-256 and a service-default AWS Key Management Service (KMS) key.

看起來不是自己的 KMS key,而是 service 本身提供的,這樣看起來是在 i/o level 加密,所以還不是 searchable encryption 的能力...

End-to-End Encryption 的標準?

看到「The Messaging Layer Security (MLS) Protocol」這個被提出來的標準,還在討論中...

簡介就說明了這個標準除了標準的 E2E 外,還設計了有效率的 Group 機制:

Messaging applications are increasingly making use of end-to-end security mechanisms to ensure that messages are only accessible to the communicating endpoints, and not to any servers involved in delivering messages. Establishing keys to provide such protections is challenging for group chat settings, in which more than two participants need to agree on a key but may not be online at the same time. In this document, we specify a key establishment protocol that provides efficient asynchronous group key establishment with forward secrecy and post-compromise security for groups in size ranging from two to thousands.

要設計機制的人可以拿來翻翻看...

Firefox 對 HTTPS 網站中 "Referer" 的保護

Firefox 從 59 之後,在開啟 Private Browsing 的情況下,不會送出完整的 Referer:「Preventing data leaks by stripping path information in HTTP Referrers」。

這篇吸引到我的是 EFF 的研究員發現的事情:

EFF researchers discovered this leak of personal health data from healthcare.gov to DoubleClick.

其中 EFF 研究員的文章是「HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites」這篇。

更好的作法應該是平常就完全阻擋,像是 Firefox 可以用 Referrer Control 設定,或是 Chrome 裡用 Referer Control 設定。

GitHub 停用過時加密演算法的計畫

先前有提到 GitHub 廢除 SSH 中的弱演算法 (參考「GitHub 明年關閉 SSH 上 SHA1 相關的 Kx (Key Exchange) 演算法」),現在宣佈詳細作法了:「Weak cryptographic standards removal notice」。

包括 HTTPS 的 TLSv1/TLSv1.1 以及 SSH 的 diffie-hellman-group1-sha1/diffie-hellman-group14-sha1 都會被廢止。而作法跟其他家不太一樣:

  • February 8, 2018 19:00 UTC (11:00 am PST): Disable deprecated algorithms for one hour
  • February 22, 2018 19:00 UTC (11:00 am PST): Permanently disable deprecated algorithms

先關閉一個小時讓沒看公告但是有注意到的人可以發現,然後過兩個禮拜後才完全關閉。跟其他家不太一樣的作法...

V8 version 6.5 (Chrome 65) 的改變

V8 version 6.5 將會有不少改變:「V8 release v6.5」。

其中因為 Spectre 的關係,新的 V8 設計了 Untrusted code mode,拿來跑不信任的程式,裡面會設計反制措施。而且這在新版的 Chrome 將會預設開啟:

In response to the latest speculative side-channel attack called Spectre, V8 introduced an untrusted code mode. If you embed V8, consider leveraging this mode in case your application processes user-generated, not-trustworthy code. Please note that the mode is enabled by default, including in Chrome.

另外是針對 WebAssembly 提供邊下載邊 compile 的能力,這讓速度大幅提昇。在原文是拿一個比較大包的 WebAssembly 來測試:

For the graph below we measure the time it takes to download and compile a WebAssembly module with 67 MB and about 190,000 functions. We do the measurements with 25 Mbit/sec, 50 Mbit/sec, and 100 Mbit/sec download speed.

可以看到網路不夠快的使用者就會直接被 compile 速度跟上,讓瀏覽器在下載時就做一些事情。

另外在某些情況下對 Array 的操作會有大幅改善:

這些新功能與改善都會在 Chrome 65 推出。依照「Chrome Platform Status」這邊的資料,stable 版預定在三月初,beta 版應該是要出了... (雖然上面寫著 2/1,但目前好像還沒更新)

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